Windows® Phone 7 For Dummies®

Table of Contents


About This Book

Conventions Used in This Book

What You’re Not to Read

Foolish Assumptions

How This Book Is Organized

Part I: Getting Started

Part II: Moving Beyond the Basics

Part III: Live on the Internet: Going Mobile

Part IV: Connecting with the People You Care About

Part V: Music and Videos in the Palm of Your Hand

Part VI: Gaming on Your Phone with Xbox LIVE

Part VII: Taking Care of Business with Your Windows Phone

Part VIII: The Part of Tens

Icons Used in This Book

Where to Go from Here

Part I: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Beginning at the Beginning

First Things First: Turning On Your Phone

You and Your Shadow: Understanding How Your Cellular Carrier Bills You

Voice usage

Text usage

Data usage

Charging Your Phone and Managing Battery Life

Navigating around the Phone

The phone’s buttons

The touch screen

The keyboard

Turning Off the Phone

Chapter 2: Making Your First Call

Making Your First Call

Receiving Your First Call

The Call History: Keeping Track of Your Calls

Emergency Calls: The 411 on 911

Synching a Bluetooth Headset

Chapter 3: The Joy of Text

Sending Your First Text

Sending an Attachment with a Text

Receiving Your First Text

Managing Your Text History

Part II: Moving Beyond the Basics

Chapter 4: What You Can Do with Your Phone

The Basics: What Any Cellphone Can Do (And How the Windows Phone Does It)

What Makes a Smartphone Smart

Internet access

Wireless e-mail


Downloaded games and applications

What Your Windows Phone 7 Can Do

People and social networks


Music and video


Business and e-mail

Chapter 5: Included Applications: What’s on Your Phone

Start Screen Apps: The Tip-Top Taps

Internet Explorer: It’s all there

Office: Just like your PC

Clock: Anybody have the time?

Calendar: Forget your appointment book

Calculator: 1 + 1 = 2

Exploring More Applications on Your Phone


Utilities and settings

Part III: Live on the Internet: Going Mobile

Chapter 6: You’ve Got the Whole (Web) World in Your Hands

Browsing the Web on Your Phone: Internet Explorer

Your Favorites list


More options

Binging Your Way to the Information You Need: Mobile Bing Searches

Web searches

Map searches: Getting there from here

Accessing Web Sites, Mobile or Not

Chapter 7: The Windows Live ID and What It Can Do for You

Looking at the Benefits of Windows Live

Determining whether You Have a Windows Live ID

Signing Up for a Windows Live ID

Knowing what information you need to provide

Jumping through the hoops

Acknowledging your new Windows Live ID

Chapter 8: Introducing the Windows Phone Marketplace

Windows Phone Marketplace: The Mall for Your Phone

How to Get to the Marketplace

Through the Marketplace app on your Windows Phone

Through the Internet

What’s Available: Window Shopping

Chapter 9: Buying and Installing Applications

Setting Your Marketplace Preferences

Your payment information

Your phone type

Buying and Installing an Application from Your Phone

Getting Application Updates

Getting Rid of an App — And Maybe Even Getting Your Money Back

Part IV: Connecting with the People You Care About

Chapter 10: A Shared Picture Is Worth a Million Words

Say Cheese! Taking a Picture with Your Windows Phone

Sorting the Images on Your Phone

A quick tour through the Pictures app

Your sorting options

Sharing Your Photos with Windows Live

Chapter 11: Sending and Receiving E-Mail on Your Phone

Setting Up Your E-Mail

Using a supported e-mail account

Using a non-fully-supported e-mail account

Setting up multiple accounts

Reading E-Mail on Your Phone

Managing Your E-Mails

Writing and Sending an E-Mail

Chapter 12: Keeping Connected with Your BFFs

Setting Up Your Social Networks


Other social networking sites

Setting Up Your Contact Database

Adding contacts to your phone manually

Adding contacts as you communicate

Importing data from your SIM card

Building contacts with Windows Live

Navigating Your People Hub

Part V: Music and Videos in the Palm of Your Hand

Chapter 13: The “Phonified” Zune HD

Recognizing What Zune HD Can Do

Navigating Music and Video on Your Windows Phone

The Zune start screen

Delving into your past with the History screen

Finding music you’ve recently downloaded on the New screen

Chapter 14: Working the Zune Marketplace

Listening Up on Licensing

Music and podcasts


Handing Over Your Hard-Earned Money

Getting Music and Videos

Chapter 15: Playing Music and Videos

Playing Zune Tunes

Playing a single song

Playing an album, artist, or genre

Playing a playlist

Playing Zune Videos

Playing Zune Podcasts

Playing Zune Radio

Part VI: Gaming on Your Phone with Xbox LIVE

Chapter 16: Let the Games Begin!

Figuring Out What to Play: Game Types

Where to Buy Games

Organized Fun on the Games Hub

Chapter 17: Getting Games on Your Phone

The Games Department of the Windows Phone Marketplace

Keeping Track of the Games on Your Phone

Chapter 18: Xbox LIVE and Mobile

What Xbox LIVE Is

The free stuff

The not-free stuff

Xbox LIVE from Your Windows Phone

Part VII: Taking Care of Business with Your Windows Phone

Chapter 19: On the Road Again: Taking Your Work with You on Your Phone

Mobile Office Apps

Office Hub on Your Phone





File Sharing outside of SharePoint

Using e-mail to review and edit files

Using SkyDrive or another remote server

Chapter 20: Making a Date with Your Phone

Stand-Alone with Me: Setting Up Your Phone’s Calendar

Setting your date and time preferences

Getting to the Calendar

Making a new appointment

Your Calendars Together at Last

Linking your electronic calendars to your phone

Creating an appointment for one calendar

Part VIII: The Part of Tens

Chapter 21: Ten (Or So) Steps to Making the Phone Totally Yours

Population Explosion: Adding Your Contacts

You Look Marvelous: Putting Up Custom Screen Images

Songs That Make the Whole World Sing: Downloading Your Music

Making a Statement with Accessories

Customizing Your Start Screen

Setting Screen Colors

Setting Your Password

Signing Up for Microsoft’s My Phone Service

Chapter 22: Ten Features to Look for Down the Road

More and More Applications

More Supported Social Networking Sites

Support for More E-Mail Services

A Compass

Side-Loading of Music

Loading of Proprietary Applications

Connection to External A/V

Cut and Paste in Microsoft Office for Mobile

More Accessories

Updating of the Operating Systems

Windows® Phone 7 For Dummies®

by Bill Hughes


About the Author

Bill Hughes is an experienced marketing strategy executive with over two decades of experience in sales, strategic marketing, and business development roles at several leading corporations, including Microsoft, IBM, General Electric, Motorola, and US West Cellular.

Recently, Bill has worked with Microsoft to enhance its marketing to mobile applications developers. He also has led initiatives to develop new products and solutions with several high-tech organizations, including Nextel, Motorola, SBC, and Tyco Electronics.

Bill has been a professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where he taught business marketing to graduate MBA students. In his lectures, he presented his findings on the validity of the market-research information used in financial analysis.

Bill also has written articles on this subject for several wireless industry trade magazines, as well as contributed to articles in USA Today and Forbes. These articles were based upon his research reports written for In-Stat, where he was a principal analyst, covering the wireless industry, specializing in smartphones and business applications of wireless devices. His most popular studies include: “The Symbian Foundation: A Battle Royal for the Ecosystem,” “Wireless Data in the Enterprise: The Hockey Stick Arrives,” and “Cellphone Trends in U.S. Enterprises: A Small Step from Personal Wireless.”

He graduated with honors with an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and earned a bachelor of science degree with distinction from the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he was elected to the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary.

Bill lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife, Susan, and three sons, Ellis, Arlen, and Quinlan.


I would like to dedicate this book to my late father, Robert J. Hughes, Sr.

Author’s Acknowledgments

I need to thank a number of people who helped make this book a reality. First, I would thank my literary agent, Carole Jelen, of Waterside Publishing, for her support, encouragement, knowledge, and negotiation skills.

I would also like to thank the team at Wiley Publishing: Katie Mohr, Pat O’Brien, Dan Francis, and Elizabeth Kuball. Your expertise helped me through the creative process. Thanks for your guidance.

I need to give thanks to Andrew McKenna, a student at the University of Washington who has acted as my advisor on important details of using the Xbox and Xbox LIVE. As a 40-something who has been in the wireless industry for 20 years, I could write confidently on every subject except for gaming on the Xbox, and Andrew filled me in on what I’ve been missing. He took time out of his summer schedule to advise me. Although his parents, Kathy and Mike, probably wanted him to spend less time playing games, I’m glad he frittered away at least some of his youth on such pursuits.

I would like to acknowledge my sons, Ellis, Arlen, and Quinlan, for keeping it quiet (other than dropping the occasional lacrosse ball on their floor/my ceiling) as I wrote this book. You can now turn up your Zune players.

Finally, and above all else, I need to acknowledge the support of my wife, Susan, who seemed to have a never-ending reservoir of patience with me as I worked to write an amusing and useful book. I’m sure the readers will appreciate her brutal honesty on what was not amusing. Although this subject matter is fascinating to me, I recognize that this was not as interesting to Susan as what was happening on The Bachelorette. Thanks for helping me anyway.

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Windows Phone 7 is a revolutionary cellular operating system that sets a new standard for convenience and productivity. It can integrate with your personal and work computers more than any other phone currently on the market. Plus, it runs a great variety of mobile applications and is great with games, music, and video.

Smartphones are getting smarter all the time, and the Windows Phone is one of the smartest. Just because you’ve used a smartphone in the past doesn’t mean you should expect to use your new Windows Phone without a bit of guidance. That’s where this book comes in. This book is a hands-on guide to getting the most out of your Windows Phone, without all the jargon that user’s manuals show off with.

About This Book

This book is a reference — you don’t have to read it from beginning to end to get all you need out of it. The information is clearly organized and easy to access. You don’t need thick glasses and a pocket protector to understand this book.

In fact, this book is even more valuable than your user’s manual. A user’s manual tells how to do things, but this book helps you figure out what you want to do — and then tells you how to do it, in plain English.

Conventions Used in This Book

I don’t use many conventions in this book, but there are a few you should know about:

Whenever I introduce a new term, I put it in italics and define it shortly thereafter (often in parentheses).

I use bold for the action parts of numbered steps, so you can easily see what you’re supposed to do.

I use monofont for Web addresses and e-mail addresses, so they stand out from the surrounding text. Note: When this book was printed, some Web addresses may have needed to break across two lines of text. If that happened, rest assured that we haven’t put in any extra characters (such as hyphens) to indicate the break. So, when using one of these Web addresses, just type in exactly what you see in this book, pretending as though the line break doesn’t exist.

Finally, some screen layouts on your PC and Windows Phone will look subtly different from what you see in this book. Sometimes this is because of differences in resolution among PCs. In the case of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft often makes creative enhancements, like changing icons. These differences should be slight and shouldn’t affect your ability to understand the text.

What You’re Not to Read

I think you’ll find every last word of this book scintillating, but I may be a little biased. The truth is, you don’t have to read

Sidebars: Sidebars are those gray boxes throughout the book. They’re interesting, but not essential to the topic at hand, so if you’re short on time or you only want the information you absolutely need, you can skip them.

Text marked with the Technical Stuff icon: For more on this icon, see the “Icons Used in This Book” section, later in this Introduction.

Foolish Assumptions

You know what they say about assuming, so I don’t do much of it in this book. But I do make a few assumptions about you:

You have a Windows Phone. You may be thinking about buying a Windows Phone, but my money’s on your already owning one. After all, getting your hands on the phone is the best part!

You’re not totally new to cellphones. You know that your Windows Phone is capable of doing more than the average cellphone, and you’re eager to find out what your Windows Phone can do.

You’ve used a computer. You don’t have to be a computer expert, but you at least know how to check your e-mail and surf the Web.

How This Book Is Organized

The chapters in this book are divided into eight parts. Here’s what you can find in each part.

Part I: Getting Started

The first part of this book gets you familiar with the basic capabilities of your Windows Phone. Chapter 1 is an introduction to everything from turning it on and off, to understanding cellular billing, to managing battery life. In Chapters 2 and 3, I cover the basics: placing and taking calls and sending texts.

Part II: Moving Beyond the Basics

In this part, I walk you through the full capabilities of the Windows Phone so you can decide what you want to do and what you want to ignore. Then I introduce you to the applications that come on your phone.

Part III: Live on the Internet: Going Mobile

This part is all about the Internet — how to access it from your Windows Phone and what a Windows Live ID can do for you. I also introduce you to the Windows Phone Marketplace, where you can trick out your phone with more apps.

Part IV: Connecting with the People You Care About

On your phone, you can view updates from your friends on a social networking site, as you do now on your PC. Your Windows Phone also allows you to view the updates from a given friend from all the social-networking sites that you share. Your Windows Phone brings all these updates for your friend into one page, so that you can get all the updates for that friend in one place.

This adds a new level of convenience for staying in touch with friends while you’re on the go. The integration of social-networking sites is in addition to the integration and mobilizing of e-mail accounts and instant messaging services. The power of this platform is to bring together multiple messaging options for the people that are most important.

Part V: Music and Videos in the Palm of Your Hand

In this part, I cover the multimedia capabilities of the Windows Phone. Windows Phone 7 has the best capabilities of the Zune HD, a wonderfully powerful MP3 and video player. This part covers how to use your phone to listen to music and watch videos — and how to buy more music and videos from the Zune Marketplace.

Part VI: Gaming on Your Phone with Xbox LIVE

In this part, I cover gaming, one of the ways that Windows Phone 7 devices stand out from the crowd. In addition to games that you can play on the phone, Windows Phone 7 provides you with a way to play your favorite games from your Xbox! I’m talking multi-player turn games, like chess, as well as many games that are available on Xbox LIVE . . . from your phone. Enough said.

Part VII: Taking Care of Business with Your Windows Phone

In this part, I look at the many ways you can use your phone for business. You can bring up Microsoft Office files on Windows Phone 7. Plus, there’s integration with Microsoft SharePoint, the business collaboration tool from Microsoft.

Part VIII: The Part of Tens

This wouldn’t be a For Dummies book without a Part of Tens. In this book, the Part of Tens covers ten ways to customize the phone to make it truly your own and ten capabilities to look for in future releases.

Icons Used in This Book

Throughout this book, I use icons (little pictures in the margin) to draw your attention to various types of information. Here’s a key to what those icons mean:

tip_4c.eps This whole book is one whole series of tips. But when I share especially useful tips and tricks, I mark it with the Tip icon.

remember_4c.eps This book is a reference, which means you don’t have to commit it to memory — there is no test at the end. But once in a while, I do tell you things that are so important that I think you should remember them, and when I do, I mark them with the Remember icon.

warning_4c.eps Whenever you may do something that could cause a major headache, I warn you with the, er, Warning icon.

technicalstuff_4c.eps Sometimes my inner geek just screams to be let out, and when it does, I have to oblige. Whenever I start veering into technical territory, I slap a big ol’ Technical Stuff icon on it. If you’re a geek like me (or if you’re just the sort who reads every last word on every last page), I think you’ll find these paragraphs interesting. If not, just move on by, confident in the knowledge that you aren’t missing anything critical to the task at hand.

Where to Go from Here

If you want, you can start at the very beginning — it is, after all, a very good place to start. But you don’t have to read this book from beginning to end to get what you need from it. So, make liberal use of the table of contents and the index to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Want a little more guidance than that? If you’re brand-new to cellphones, turn to Chapter 1. If you’re interested in taking advantage of the social aspects of the phone, turn to Chapter 10. And if you’re into using your phone for music and video, jump ahead to Chapter 13. If you’re a hardcore gamer, advance to Chapter 16. If your boss gave you the phone and you need to get cracking, dog ear the pages starting at Chapter 20. Whatever you do, have fun with your new phone!

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Part I

Getting Started


In this part . . .

Your Windows Phone can be lots of fun and can make you very productive . . . but only if you know how to use it. Whether this is your first time using a smartphone or your first time using a touch screen, the chapters in this part give you the information you need to get started. Even veteran users of cellphones will benefit from a quick glance at the chapters in this part.